With a low profile and long, flat floor, the Guide 20 is big on cargo space and shallow on draft. Available with green canvas or clear fiberglass, this canoe is designed for backcountry canoeing. The 20 is the biggest member of Old Town’s Classic Wood Guide family.

If the 16 or 18 aren’t enough canoe for you, pack your bags and throw them aboard the 104-pound Guide 20. A veritable house on the water, it’s four feet longer than the smallest member of the Classic Wood Guide Family, and four inches wider. Keep in mind that the added width might make it a hat for your vehicle, rather than sitting on the roof rack. Very stable and still quite maneuverable, this canoe can hold a lot of people and gear, keeping them safe and comfortable for a long trip, although you might want to avoid portaging.


Length—20’/6.1 m

Width—39″/99.1 cm

Depth—13.25″/33.7 cm

Weight—104 lbs/47.2 kg

Capacity range—950 – 1,000 lbs/430.9 – 453.6 kg

Suggested Retail—$7,899 (wood/canvas), $8,099 (wood/fiberglass)

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Written by Tori "Waverider" Morris

Tori “Waverider” Morris first learned to love canoes when she was just a small child. She built her first handmade canoe at the age of 11 and continues to this day as a professional. Among some of the most interesting places she’s canoed are Brazil and Vietnam. Tori lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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